Muscat / Moscato
Learn about Muscat — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Alluringly aromatic and delightful, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related and some of which, are not. The two most important versions are the noble, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, and Muscat of Alexandria, thought to be a progeny of the former. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling and even fortified. Muscat is well-known in Italy's Piedmont region (where it goes by Moscato) mainly as Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.
Tasting Notes for Muscat
Muscat makes a dry, sweet or sparkling white wine. Regardless, Muscat wines always possess marked aromatics of rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or orange blosson. These wines can have flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.
Perfect Food Pairings for Muscat
Muscat is a perfect match for Asian cuisine and other spicy foods. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.
Sommelier Secrets for Muscat
Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.
- Sauvignon Blanc361
- Other White Blends215
- Pinot Gris/Grigio180
- Other White Wine169
- Chenin Blanc58
- Bordeaux White Blends57
- Rhône White Blends57
- Gruner Veltliner42
- Pinot Blanc36
- Melon de Bourgogne4
- Muller Thurgau2
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2006Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (500 ml) 2006Muscat from Spain
Fontanafredda Moncucco Moscato d'Asti 2006Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2006Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2006Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Les Cretes Les Abeilles 2006Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti 2006Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bonny Doon Ca' Del Solo Muscat 2006Muscat from Monterey, Central Coast, California
Vignalta Alpianae Fior d'Arancio Passito 2006Muscat from Veneto, Italy
Abraxas Vigne di Pantelleria Sicilia Kuddia delle Ginestre Bianco 2006Muscat from Sicily, Italy
Rizzi Frimaio Vendemmia Tardiva 2006Muscat from Piedmont, Italy
Baglio di Pianetto Ra'is Moscato di Noto 2006Muscat from Sicily, Italy
Vignale di Cecilia Folia 2006Muscat from Veneto, Italy
Eberle Canelli Muscat 2006Muscat from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Sister Creek Vineyards Muscat Canelli 2006Muscat from Texas, Other U.S.
Robert Hall Margaret's Vineyard Orange Muscat 2006Muscat from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Domaine de Blanes Muscat de Rivesaltes 2006Muscat from Muscat de Rivesaltes, Roussillon, South of France, France
Domaine Weinbach Muscat Reserve 2006Muscat from Alsace, France
Sutter Home Moscato 2006Muscat from California
Cascina Castlet Avie Moscato 2006Muscat from Piedmont, Italy